NYC Zero Waste During COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak has suspended many of the zero waste programs New Yorkers have come to rely on, including GrowNYC’s zero waste programs, DSNY’s curbside compost program, and the citywide network of food scrap drop-off sites. 

While GrowNYC’s zero waste services are not currently operational, we know our community continues to care about the long-term sustainability of our city and looks to us for information.  The resources and updates below are subject to change--please check host information before you go and be patient as the city works through this public health crisis.  Remember, it's great to recycle and rot, but it's best to reduce and reuse to prevent waste!

Household Recyclables

  • NYC’s curbside recycling program is still in effect. Thank a sanitation worker, and make sure to check recycling rules and rinse containers! 

Food Waste

  • Read our blog post: Keeping Up Composting During COVID-19.
  • Reduce food waste by learning about expiration dates, food preservation, using up leftovers, and other tips from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Curbside Composting is suspended until at least July 2021, and Food Scrap Drop-off Sites are cancelled until further notice. 
  • Some NYC microhaulers and commercial vendors are providing residential food scrap pickup for a fee:
    • BK ROT – Servicing North and Central Brooklyn
    • Reclaimed Organics – Serving Manhattan from Canal St to 86th St
    • Commercial haulers offering organics collection for residential buildings (contact for details):
      • Avid Waste
      • Boro-Wide Recycling
      • Century Waste
      • Liberty Ashes
      • Mr. T Carting
      • Royal Waste
      • RTS
      • Waste Connections

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